It is important for club’s, groups and organisations to implement a course of action to keep members engaged during COVID-19.
Council have collated some handy hints for your Sports team, Service club, Trivia team, Organisation, Volunteer group, Community group etc etc to keep connected and engaged whilst staying safe at home.
A Message from R U OK? Australia
The coronavirus pandemic comes as many Australians are still feeling the impact of recent bushfires, floods and drought. It’s very normal to not feel OK in challenging times such as these. Watching and listening to media and social media coverage and commentary can be confronting and confusing. However, at a time when we’re being asked to physically distance ourselves from one another, we can make use of freed up diary time and our digital devices to stay connected.
It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.
Some people in your world might be feeling anxious, worried about when things will return to normal, be physically unwell or concerned about their health and wellbeing. We encourage you to use this time to pick up the phone, video call, SMS or post online to check in and see how those in your world are travelling. If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, reach out and let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as it takes.
Remember to trust the signs. Be aware of any changes in online behaviour or the way people communicate:
• Consider the tone and language they’re using
• Are they posting more or less?
• Are they answering your calls?
• Are they communicating as you would expect?
If you are concerned about someone, trust your gut and ask “Are you OK?”. Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help. In the current circumstances there might be limits on what you can do but you can definitely be a listening ear and a (virtual) shoulder to lean on.
• For more detailed information about the signs someone might be struggling and how to have an R U OK? conversation visit the R U OK How to Ask page.
• If a conversation is too big for you or you need additional support visit the R U OK Find Help page.
Find the full message here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for community groups
Services Australia have a range of resources groups can use when helping people in the community affected by COVID-19.
Find more on the Website here.
If you have any other suggestion that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to [email protected] Thank you.
For the latest information on Coronavirus refer to the Department of Health Website, and the National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 is available for anyone requiring further information.